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UK food restrictions

When flying to the UK from outside the European Union, restrictions apply to the food you’re allowed to bring into the country.

It’s illegal to bring the following foodstuffs into the UK from outside the EU, even if they are for your personal use:

  • Meat
  • Meat products
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Potatoes

Meat, cheese and milk

Limited quantities of some food products, including fish, eggs and honey, may be allowed from certain countries.

UK food restrictions don’t apply when you’re flying to the UK from a country within the EU. On these flights you can bring any food products you’re partial to, as long as they are free from disease and for your own consumption.

What to do at UK Customs

If you’re not carrying illegal food products, walk through the Green Channel on arrival at UK Customs. This is a declaration that you have nothing illegal in your luggage – so if you do have any illegal food products you’ll have committed an offence, which could result in a fine and imprisonment.

If you ARE carrying illegal food products, declare it to Customs in the Red Channel (you may have to use the telephone at the Red Point). Your food will be taken and destroyed, but you won’t face any penalty.

If you’re unsure whether you have illegal food products on entering the UK, declare it to Customs in the Red Channel (you may have to use the telephone at the Red Point). If your food is deemed to be illegal, Customs will take it from you – but you won’t have committed an offence.